Fireworks Go On Sale in Gilroy July 1

The Garlic City is the only Santa Clara County municipality where "safe and sane" fireworks can be bought—and shot—from July 1 through 4.

For four days beginning July 1 and ending midnight Independence Day, Gilroy residents can purchase and light up "safe and sane" fireworks within the city limits, making the Garlic City the only Santa Clara County municipality to allow such explosive activity.

Sixteen sale booths, located throughout the city, have permits to sell the sparklers. Each is a non-profit and part of the proceeds from what they are able to sell go towards the organizations. 

According to the city of Gilroy's website, some of these booths may be open as early as 9 a.m. and close as late as 10 p.m. Fireworks can only be sold to Gilroy residents and proof of residence may be required at the time of purchase.

Patch wants to know where you like to purchase your patriotic pyrotechnics. Tell us in the comments where you plan to get your fireworks and where and when you're going to set them off.

Upload any photos you've got from previous Fourth of July celebrations to this article. If you have any trouble uploading them, you can email gilroypatch@gmail.com with the pics.

Safe and sane fire works come with a state fire marshal approval stamp. They do not leave the ground or explode, the city's restrictions state. Persons caught with any other fireworks will be issued a misdemeanor with a either a $1,000 penalty or an administrative citation of $250, depending on the circumstances of the situation.

For a complete run-down of where safe and sane fireworks are permitted, visit the city's website.

Here's a complete list of organizations selling fireworks July 1 through 4:


ORGANIZATION LOCATION NEAREST LANDMARK Apostolic Assembly Church 7150 Camino Arroyo Super WAL-MART Christian School Parents Club 8220 Monterey Road
Little John’s Jewelry City of Gilroy Adaptive Recreation Program 780 First Street
Nob Hill Foods El Camino Club 971 First Street
Vacant lot next near Safeway/car
wash Gavilan College RAM Football Boosters 1210 First Street
Hecker Pass Plaza and Ace Hardware Gilroy Hispanic Chamber 8850 San Ysidro Avenue
Home Depot Gilroy High School Cheerleaders 7940 Monterey Road
EZ Clean Car Wash Gilroy High School Quarterback Club 401 E 10th Street
Chestnut Square (O'henry's Donuts) Gilroy Little League 691 First Street
7-11 on First Street
Gilroy Police Officers Association 8400 Church Street
Quick Stop on Church Street
Gilroy Pop Warner Football 6990 Chestnut Street
McDonalds (at 10th Street)
Gilroy Youth Football Cheerleaders 80 10th Street
On 10th street between the vacant lot near 7-
11 and the gas station at 10th Street and
Monterey Road
South County Baseball 8017 Wayland Lane
Near Wienerschnitzal on 1st Street Gilroy Elks 210 10th Street 10th Street in front of Smart & Final Stick and Move Boxing 1425 First Street
Vacant lot 1st & Kelton Victory Outreach Gilroy 435 First Street
Near Del Sol Market on 1st Street and
Sargent Street

Source: City of Gilroy

Laurie Mattocks June 25, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I will purchase my fireworks from Christian School Parents Club..easy parking and open early and late.
Michelle Fitzsimmons June 25, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Good to know, Laurie, thanks! Do you typically light up some fireworks every Fourth?
Laurie Mattocks June 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Of course! 2 or three neighbors share fireworks to make the show longer for the kids


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